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February 28, 2012

Judy Persichilli
President & Chief Executive Officer

Newtown Square, Pa., February 28, 2012 – Catholic Health East (CHE) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of CHE President and Chief Executive Officer, Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Care Systems Governing Council. The three-year appointment was effective January, 2012.

Persichilli joins other appointed leaders who represent some of the country's premier health systems. In this role, they will govern the AHA's health care systems activities. This council will also actively advise AHA from a systems perspective during decision-making phases on advocacy positions, public policy issues and member service strategies.

“The American Hospital Association is pleased to have Judy lend her talents to our Health Care Systems Governing Council,” said Richard Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. “Her extensive experience with health care systems will help us in advancing health care in America.”

Persichilli joined CHE in 2003 as the executive vice president of the Mid-Atlantic division. She was promoted to executive vice president of acute care for the System in 2008 and then to executive vice president and chief operating officer in December 2009 before assuming the role of CEO in May 2010. Persichilli has led the development and introduction of electronic health records to CHE and developed the CHE Ministry Leadership Academy with Seton Hall University, which grooms future Catholic health care leaders. Under her leadership, in 2011 CHE ministries provided well over $300 million in community benefit programs and services to the communities we serve.

In 2006, Persichilli received the greatest tribute bestowed on a nurse in New Jersey when she was inducted into the New Jersey State Nurses Association Hall of Honor. She also received the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton’s highest honor when she was awarded The 2008 Richard J. Hughes Humanitarian Award. In 2011, Persichilli was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey health care by NJ Biz and was selected by KYW Newsradio as a recipient of its annual Women’s Achievement Award. Persichilli is also the 2011 recipient of the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award for Outstanding Medical Executive. And she was awarded the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor bestowed on her by Pope Benedict XVI, in recognition of her long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, her family and the community.

Catholic Health East (CHE) is a multi-institutional Catholic health system, co-sponsored by nine religious congregations and Hope Ministries, a Public Juridic Person within Catholic Health East. Based in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, the System provides the means to ensure the continuation of the Catholic identity and operational strength of the sponsors’ health ministries, which are located in 11 eastern states from Maine to Florida. The System includes 36 acute care hospitals, four long-term acute care hospitals, 26 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 12 assisted-living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 31 home health/hospice agencies and numerous ambulatory and community-based health services. Catholic Health East facilities employ more than 60,000 full-time employees as partners in ministry. Catholic Health East is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of programs.